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Bar Harbor Lobster Company Inc. (BHLC) is an unusual regional seafood distributor based in Orlando, Fla. Jeffrey Hazell, founder and president of BHLC, grew up in coastal Massachusetts. “My father was a commercial lobsterman in Marblehead,” explains Hazell, who never planned on getting into the...

Joe Shemirani, now owner and president of Barons Market, started his career as a civil engineer. Today, he heads a small specialty market with four locations in the San Diego area.

Joe had been working for eight years at a Maryland-based company when he and his wife visited the West Coast...

For a variety of great tasting snack foods, distributors, retailers and private-label customers turn to Barrel O’ Fun Snack Foods. With its headquarters in Perham, Minnesota, Barrel O’ Fun has been in business since 1973,...

Since 1989, Bashco Trading Company Inc. has been known as “The Store That Gives You More,” with headquarters in downtown Kingston, Jamaica. Now with 12 locations, the privately owned company has established itself as one of Jamaica’s top retailers for household goods, haberdashery, clothing,...

Beckstoffer Vineyards’ roots run deep in the soil of northern California’s wine country, as well as in the evolution of a centuries-old industry. In the heart of the world-renowned Napa Valley with some of the most historic property in the region, Beckstoffer Vineyards has played an integral...

Beco Dairy Automation Inc. (Beco) was founded in 1958 as an equipment dealership offering installation and maintenance services to dairy farmers around central California. Today Beco has grown to an international supplier of high-end equipment for the dairy industry by focusing on customized...

Sasha Vincent has always had a flair for the flamboyant, and Bedazzle My Bonbons (BMB) proves that even chocolates can benefit from a little sparkle. At age 16, Sasha, founder and CEO of BMB, was almost suspended from high school for wearing her trademark glitter lipstick, which the school’s...

Eugene Madrigrano left his birthplace of Mendicino, Italy, in 1905 in pursuit of the American Dream; he was just 19 when he left. Eugene worked in a variety of capacities before establishing a beer business in 1933 on the coattails of Prohibition’s abolishment.

 

With an old Model-...

A company renowned for pleasing the palates of the entertainment industry, corporate groups and private events alike, Behind The Scenes Inc. (BTS) has expanded from its headquarters in San Diego, Calif., to venues across both the country and the globe. The company is known for its work at...

In Ridgeway, South Carolina, Ben Arnold Beverage Company is one of the largest distributors of premium spirits and wine in the Palmetto State. The company has been doing business since 1935, offering...

Berner Food and Beverage Inc. (BFB) has been producing high-quality food and beverage products for 70 years. Utilizing a unique business plan with leading research and design, the business has developed strong manufacturing capabilities, catering to the needs of clients around the world.

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BJ’s Restaurants (BJ’s) got its start in the late ’70s as a small chain of pizza restaurants in Southern California. Formerly BJ’s Chicago Pizzeria, the restaurants were bought by Paul Motenko and Jerry Hennessy in the ’90s. “They had a vision to move the concept beyond just pizza and mass-...

For 30 years, retail and food service customers have turned to family-owned BK Specialty Foods for any number of distinct food and beverage items sourced from around the world. The New Jersey-based company offers more than...

Steve Birge and Mark Curran established Black River Produce (BRP) in 1978 with the vision of supplying the local market with high-quality, fresh fruits and vegetables. The partners worked together in Vermont restaurants before founding the business.

“We found a hole in the produce...

Brenda Coffman, founder and CEO of Blondie’s Cookies Inc. (Blondie’s), believes the single most important aspect of her business is making sure her product hasn’t wavered once in more than 30 years. “My least favorite thing as a consumer is to go into a store and find that a product is either no...

Javier Bravo took his love of the sea and turned it into a business. In 1993, he and his wife, Frances Rios decided to stablish an export business for the Caribbean. Blue Ocean Trading Inc. became the couple’s supply and...

Phil Wagner founded Boordy Vineyards (Boordy) in 1945 as a small vintner. Settled on a historic property, the label’s name offers subtle homage to the past, a time when winemaking was a form of civil disobedience. Today, Rob Deford owns and operates the winery with his family.

“I got my...

Boston Fresh LLC is a value-added produce wholesale operation, headquartered just outside of Boston and serving foodservice customers throughout the Northeast. Although the company opened its doors less than a year ago, Boston Fresh is already making its presence known in the wholesale produce...

Bob Nano is the proud first-generation business owner behind Boston Tomato & Packaging LLC (Boston Tomato). Nano’s story truly embodies the American Dream; from small produce push cart to what Boston Tomato is today –a major...

Located at the unofficial Gateway to Wisconsin, just five minutes away from neighboring Illinois, is Brat Stop Inc., a roadside landmark for food, fun and entertainment. Since 1961, Brat Stop has been welcoming travelers and Wisconsin...

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